Tampa, FL. -- With the Flu bug traveling exponentially like a chain letter throughout North America it’s now time to develop and implement a proactive program to combat the spiraling bug and minimize your economic losses. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Flu has arrived with a vengeance, forcing major U.S. cities to declare public health emergencies; hospitalizing thousands; and causing twenty pediatric deaths.
What’s the economic impact of the Flu Bug? Early estimates of the total economic burden of the flu bug in the US is $87 billion which covers lost workdays, healthcare, direct employer costs, earnings lost, and life.
What is the FLU? The 'flu' commonly known as Influenza, is an infectious disease of birds mad mammals caused by RNA viruses of the family Orthomyxoviridae the influenza virus. The most common symptoms are chills, fever, sore throat, muscle pain, headache (often severe), and coughing, weakness/fatigue and general discomfort. Flu viruses that infect humans are mainly from either the influenza A or B family. There are two subtypes of A viruses — H3N2 and H1N1.
Employees who work in close proximity are particularly susceptible to the highly contagious illness which can spread to others up to about six feet away, mainly by droplets made when they cough, sneeze or talk. A person can also get the flu by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it, and then touching their own mouth or nose.
“This Flu epidemic is the worst we’ve seen in many, many years,” said Dr. Rajiv Sahay, lab director at Environmental Diagnostics Laboratory (EDLab) an AIHA accredited lab and CDC ELITE lab located in Clearwater, Fl stated that he has “noticed in recent months an influx of lab samples from risk evaluations and building/home assessments. These health and hygiene based examinations of buildings and homes can be used as a precautionary measure to identify environmental concerns and development of effective treatment/prescription for the indoor environment in order to avoid the flu threat and potentially shutting down buildings.”
What can be done? Perform effective cleaning and disinfection of commonly touched surfaces is one of the essentials. Viruses on surfaces like sink faucets and door handles can spread rapidly, especially in public places. Encouraging or arranging vaccinations on-site is one suggestion, offering hands-sanitizing products at their facilities is another way to help keep the germs at bay and employees who are sick should be encouraged to stay home.
Here are nine (9) practical steps you can take to develop a proactive Flu Bug program at work to help reduce your chances of getting (or spreading) the flu:
Alan Wozniak, President/CEO with Pure Air Control Services a leading indoor environmental services firm since 1986 states that “environmental cleaning and treating ones home or office with PURE-Decon treatment a Hydrogen Peroxide/silver combination works best, this coupled with a green clean certified PURE-Steam coil cleaning process and hand sanitization stations provides maximum protection occupants of schools, healthcare facilities, offices, universities, homes, restaurants, physician offices, governmental buildings.”
The PURE-Decon treatment dispenses a dry mist of atomized Sanosil into the air. The droplets fill the room and drawn into every nook, crevice and corner, reaching surfaces that regular cleaning and disinfecting can’t. The PURE-Decon assures a homogenous distribution of disinfectant on all surfaces in the room, reducing the risk of cross-contamination of infectious diseases associated with using a rag, wipe or sponge. PURE-Decon and Sanosil technology harnesses the true, oxidizing power of hydrogen peroxide by infusing it with patented oligodynamic (anti-microbial activity of minute quantities of metallic ions) technology. During this intricate process, the hydrogen peroxide is stabilized and boosted with silver ions. The result is a radical fluid architecture that is capable of destroying a broad spectrum of microorganisms including pathogenic bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi, and protozoa
For additional information you can contact Cy Garner or Dr. Rajiv Sahay, Director, EDLab, Pure Air Control Services, www.pureaircontrols.com 1-800-422-7873 ext 804/303
Alan Wozniak founded Pure Air Control Services, Inc. in 1984 as a small mechanical contracting firm. Today, the firm sets the industry standard for indoor environmental quality diagnosis and remediation.
Pure Air Control Services nationally performed IAQ services include: Building Sciences Evaluation; Building Health Check; EDLab an AIHA accredited Environmental Microbiology Laboratory; Environmental Project Management; and HVAC Cleaning & Mold Remediation Services, PURE-Decon Treament, among other indoor environmental services.
The company’s expanding client roster includes the Northrop Grumman, FAA, Walt Disney World, General Services Administration (GSA); Allstate Insurance; CBRE, Carrier Air Conditioning; NAVFAC, DOT, USACE, US Army, and many other Fortune 500 companies, school boards, and city, state, and county governments, making Pure Air Control Services the reliable industry leader in IAQ solutions
For more information on Pure Air Control Services, Inc. please contact Cy Garner or Alan Wozniak at (800) 422-7873 ext 802 or 804 respectively, or visit www.pureaircontrols.com.
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